Boxer Amit Panghal who became the first Indian Boxer to win a silver medal at the recently held World Championship has returned to India on Monday after creating history. In the following video, you can see a sensational reception for him as he exits the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, New Delhi. Panghal also tweeted the video on his personal Twitter account.
As Panghal exited the gates of the IGI airport there was dhol playing in the background. He was welcomed with a huge crowd cheering and awaiting his return. He was carried up by someone from the crowd on their shoulders. He was also full of flower garlands around his neck. In a welcoming gesture, a kid also offered a flower garland which Panghal accepted and later picked the kid and kissed him on his cheeks. People are also seen capturing the moment with selfies and video on their phones. Other players returning were also welcomed by flower garlands by their loved ones.
On September 20, Amit Panghal achieved a historic high that no Indian has achieved in history by bagging a silver medal after going down 0-5 to the reigning Olympic gold medallist, Uzbekistan's Shakhobidin Zoirov at the World Boxing Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia. In February 2018, Amit Panghal won the gold medal at the Strandzha Cup in Sofia. He also won the silver medal at 2018 Commonwealth Games in the light flyweight category. In April 2019 he won the Gold Medal at Asian Boxing Championship 2019 at Bangkok Defeated by Korean boxer Kim In-kyu (Bronze Medalist world boxing championship 2017).
Panghal, who has been in terrific form as evidenced by his gold medals at the Asian Championships and the Asian Games, found the going tough against determined Shakhobidin Zoirov. Panghal’s defensive approach exposed him to a few blows from his accomplished opponent. While Panghal looked to improve his attack as the bout went on, the taller and sturdier Zoirov was overall the better boxer as he landed his first gold as well as his first-ever medal from the World Championships.
India’s laudable performance at this tournament is another validation that men’s boxing in the country has been on an upward trajectory for some time. With just one year to go for the Tokyo Olympics, such a strong show only boosts medal hopes further.